[personal profile] ron_newman
an email I received today:

Save this date!
Davis Square needs repair – Public meeting:
February 13 @ 6.00pm
Dilboy Post
371 Summer St Davis Square

The city has agreed to work with the DavisNow community organization to repair Davis Square.
We need your support and your inputs.
This is a community meeting to talk about what is going to happen and when.

DavisNOW provided the city with an illustrated Punch List that inventories the myriad problems with the square that need remedy. The city was also provided with cost estimates and where to find the tools they need to fix the problems. The mayor agrees that these problems need fixing. Preventing further decline, and undertaking repair and restoration, is a critical first step before any consideration of redevelopment is advanced (which is not budgeted or planned for the next 10 years at a minimum). We invite you to come, participate, and lend your support to the community’s efforts to fix the square.

See the punch list and all the issues on http://DavisNow.org
[personal profile] jlauspitz
OCT. 27TH, 2018 01:05 PM
A new website is up sparked by the City's ten-year budgeting of zero funds for capital improvements in Davis Square through 2027. The site details repairs immediately needed, with pictures and cost estimates for repairs.


The 62-page, illustrated punch list, developed by architect Chris Iwerks, a Davis Sq resident, is also available at:


The group's self-description follows:

"DavisNow.org focuses on fixing problems now. It does not address the City’s long-term plans for Davis Square, such as increasing building heights, altering intersections, or completely replacing sidewalks. This is a much more modest scope and cost proposal. It’s just what’s needed to renew the elements we already have.

"We have created a punch-list book of the many issues afflicting Davis Square, which can be viewed here:


"We plan to have a community meeting... to discuss what our next steps should be and how to partner with city officials to fund these needed repairs."
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[personal profile] gingicat
The Andrews Middle School is on Freedom Way, between Mystic Valley Parkway and Riverside Avenue. Plentiful parking, and the 134 bus stops on Riverside Avenue. It connects to buses from Davis Square at Medford Square.

Full announcement:
Hello, This is Captain Barry Clemente with an informational message. The Medford Police And Fire Department, along with Medford's Board of Health, will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at the Andrews Middle School Gym located at 3000 Mystic Valley Parkway on Tuesday July 31 from 2PM to 7PM. Anyone wishing to donate blood should call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Medford P&F to schedule an appointment. The need for blood donations is constant, especially during the summer months.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Lynne Doncaster wrote an article for DigBoston telling us everything we ever wanted to know about the Davis Square statues.
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[personal profile] mem_winterhill

[Cross-posted from Winter Hill Neighborhood Association site, some references are about our group, but please feel free to do your own ward/neighborhood thing]

We have marching orders for the clean up day. I assume WHNA will target the Ward 4 stuff with Jesse Clingan. The map says we'll be focusing on the Mystic to Healey stairs area. But if that's not your Ward feel free to check out the other tasks and locations.

Here's the Facebook page with details and a sign up page: https://www.facebook.com/events/242532196290732/

I have signed up as Winter Hill Neighborhood Association and I'll help with what they need as a captain. But please also RSVP from the facebook link as individuals so they can get a count.

9am at the Boathouse is a breakfast, not required. But please be there before 10am when we really start the work. You'll get gloves, bags, instructions, and more details about what's up for the project.

On the day: please find me [or some captain] to sign a paper waiver by 10am--I'm told that attendance level counts help them to get grants and demonstrate effectiveness.

At noon there will be a barbecue and chances for conversation. 

Weather seems to be cloudy, but remember the sunscreen if you need it. Maybe a hat. 

[Here is a link to the full size image with the map details in case it's too small to read on your device from the post image: https://i.imgur.com/Acafu6F.jpg ]

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[personal profile] gingicat
Sullivan Square, Rt. 99, Santilli Circle, Wellington Circle..,

Among other things, this will probably affect people going to the plaza with the Costco, as it’s right across Rt. 16 from Santilli Circle where some of this construction is happening.

I actually went past the site a couple of weeks ago; it’s right behind the Everett McDonalds. Also right behind a venerable neighborhood sub shop.

For more info and to sign up for alerts: http://www.wynnforall.com/

(And weren’t they going to take his name off of the casino?)
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[personal profile] gingicat
(Havurat Shalom is a small Jewish congregation affiliated with the Jewish renewal movement. that resides on College Avenue in an unassuming yellow house next to the house with the giant face on it.)


Havurat Shalom is joining Cambridge's Humanist Jewish community Kahal B'raira in their project to collect donations for refugees. They, in turn, are participating in a drive organized by Boston Friends for Refugee Support and Nu Day Syria. There are plastic boxes on the front and back porches of the Havurah for you to drop off (in new or very good condition, please)
- feminine products.
- children's clothing
- women's clothing, comfortable shoes
- sheets & towels
- stuffed animals

The deadline for contributing is May 20.
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
From the Somerville by Design website:
The City of Somerville’s Planning Department invites community members in the Davis Square area to a series of Somerville by Design meetings aimed at chartering the next steps in developing this great neighborhood while preserving its character.

Whether you are a renter or owner; new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, a planning meeting veteran or never attended one: We want to hear from you!
February 13th – History and Future
March 2nd – New Developments
March 21st – Aesthetics and Character
April 4th – Aesthetics and Character Continued
April 25th – Design Guideline Reviews
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
[identity profile] mem-winterhill.livejournal.com

Get the next LandLine ride on your calendar! LandLine is MAPC's vision to connect our greenways and trails into a seamless network. The plan has been developed in coordination with the LandLine Coalition, a group of 40 volunteers representing a number of local agencies and advocacy groups.

What: Mystic River- the final frontier of waterfront path and park development in Metro Boston! This ride will include beautiful spaces along the Mystic and Malden Rivers as well as projects in the works to expand and connect the network*. Bruce Kulik of the Medford Bicycle Advisory Committee will be co-hosting and Jay Monty, Transportation Planner with the City of Everett will be joining to share the latest in Everett.

When: Wednesday, July 13th, 5:30 pm (end by 8 pm)

[more details over there]
[identity profile] jbcampbe.livejournal.com
Greetings Davisonians!

You may have heard rumors about the proposed West Branch Library Renovation Project and the tree and garden destruction it would involve. Here’s an overview of what’s going on:

The West Branch of the Somerville Public Library is in drastic need of renovation. All agree on that. However, the current project design also calls for the paving over of the gardens presently surrounding the building, replacing them with a “low-maintenance plaza space,” and the construction of a meeting room extension onto the existing building. Here is a link to the design plans:


The plans for the present garden areas are disturbing. Over the decades, the Somerville Garden Club (which is not associated in any way with this opposition) has designed and maintained lovely gardens around the library and has planted several significant trees, including Somerville’s only Dawn Redwood, two Columnar Beeches, and a Fernleaf Beech, among others. All are rare and mature and are great landscape features.

The current design plan would remove all of these trees.

The proposed plan also raises a number of other issues:

First: it flies in the face of the City of Somerville’s policy of maintaining and acquiring new open green spaces. The past 20–30 years have been significant in the history of the city. The advocacy for green spaces, street trees, and gardening under Mike Capuano’s and Joe Curtatone’s terms as progressive mayors who actively encouraged the development of public green spaces and private gardens, has been a glorious period of renewal. Their advocacy of gardening contests and awards and their hiring of a city Senior Planner/Landscape Developer to help implement green plans and acquire new green areas have been tremendously revitalizing throughout the city.

All of these changes—including the development of the West and Main Branches of the Library—are as valuable a part of Somerville’s history as are the historical monuments and homes. These sites deserve preservation, and not an opportunistic “update” of a site which is a monument to the best changes brought about during the past years of Somerville history. The West Branch Library building was designed by McLean and Wright of Boston, and was built in 1906–09 with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the city. It is the city’s best example of Classical Revival architecture, also exhibiting Beaux Arts details that were then in fashion. It was the first branch library in Somerville .

Second: the projected concrete plaza area would not be low maintenance, as claimed, but would, rather, be much higher maintenance than the gardens have been. There are mulberry trees on adjacent lots that would cause considerable mess. And most of the garden maintenance is done by SGC members, aside from occasional mowing.

Third: the projected plaza would be redundant, since there is already a nicely paved plaza area across the street from the Rite Aid on Highland Ave.

Fourth: the tax burden ($6–8 million) would be substantial, especially at a time when the Green Line Extension and Somerville High School projects are placing additional tax stress on residents.

Fifth: the addition of a meeting/performance space intended to accommodate a hundred people would mean that dozens of people at once would need parking in the Davis Square area. Yes, the Red Line is right there, but many people don’t use the T and/or would be coming from other directions. Traffic and parking problems are already severe in the Davis area—we don’t need more.

Members of the Somerville and Davis Square communities in general and the library property abutters in particular are all opposed to the current design. All parties are in favor of renovations to the existing building—and would be happy to see additional funding granted to upgrade the library’s services. But we oppose any other alterations, except insofar as are needed to make the existing building ADA compliant.

We do appreciate the need for more meeting and performance space in Somerville. But the proposed addition wouldn’t even be good for these, since they would be squeezed into a site not fit for the purpose. Further cramming of the small library lot, increased parking demand, and a considerable tax burden on the residents of Somerville (just at the time when we’re about to be whacked with Green Line and High School project expenses)—all for a project of dubious value that the people don’t really want—all seem like a no-go.

The City Aldermen have received a great many emails and phone calls on this subject, and a community meeting has been scheduled for:

Wednesday June 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
TAB Building – 169 Holland Street. Second Floor

This meeting will review and discuss the renovation and scope of library program services in the historic structure. There will be discussion of the community’s preferred landscape alternative. The meeting will discuss the scale and viability of the proposed community room addition. The ultimate objective is a project that meets the goals outlined by the community and garners the support of direct project abutters.

Additionally, people who are interested in this issue should:

1. Make sure they’re on Steve Vitello’s (the Project Manager’s) email list (by calling or emailing him at svitello@somervillema.gov 617-625-6600 x5124).

2. Join the Facebook page created by Janet Campbell on this issue. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/120522718357131/)

3. Join the Google Group moderated by Ulysses Lateiner and Janet Campbell. (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/somerville-west-branch-library-renovation).

We’ll make sure you’re up to date on what’s going on!
[identity profile] pearlythebunny.livejournal.com
The city is removing 155 trees because of ash borers. There's a public hearing about this issue on May 25 at the DPW building, 17 Franey Road, 5:30 PM.  I hope the city will replace the trees, but the person I talked to at 311 didn't know if this would occur.

Here's a list of trees slated for removal:

Here's information on what Cambridge is doing:

Now that I'm looking at this list of trees, I don't think it is complete. There is a tree at 268 Willow that is marked for removal, but it is not on the list.

Notice of Public Hearing )
[identity profile] courtney
Reposting from another online source.

Somerville history - walking tour May 7 of Magoun Square to Armory neighborhood3h ago
Maida Tilchen from Magoun Square

On Saturday, May 7 from 10 am - noon, starting in front of the CVS, there will be a walking tour about the history of the neighborhood that goes from the CVS in Magoun Square (that's the next big intersection on Broadway east of Ball Square), down Lowell Street, Hudson Street, Benton Street, and then turning onto Highland near the Armory and ending up at Lowell Street.

The neighborhood once included a Hostess Cupcakes factory; a Hires Root Beer plant, some houses going back to the 1870s and other surprising history. The land was once a farm owned by an abolitionist.

This will be an informal tour with everyone invited to contribute what they know. It is part of the international Jane's Walk, an event of neighborhood walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, the urban renewal activist who saved Greenwich Village from being a big highway.

The walk is sponsored by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. It will be video'd and that will be on http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/.... There are already some great videos of past walking tours if you click on Brochures and Self-Guided Tours. May is Historic Preservation Month in Somerville so check that site for other events in May.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Davis Square Somerville By Design Relaunch

April 27, 2016
6:00 pm
First Church Somerville UCC
89 College Avenue

We will be relaunching the Somerville by Design in Davis Square on April 27th, 2016. This is the kickoff meeting to review the major topics coming out of the open house: building heights, cooperative management, and the public realm. Gehl Architects, the same firm that helped Somerville conduct the world’s first city-wide Public Space Public Life survey, will be attending to review next steps in planning Davis Square’s public realm.

(I thought someone had already posted this, but I couldn't find it)
[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
While it's certainly not uncommon for me to be clueless as to the redevelopment going on around me in Davis I was kind of surprised when I got a notice of the Somerville Street Improvement Project starting in Davis next week. I'm certainly all for the improvement of the streets and sidewalks of my neighborhood, but was shocked to learn they're going to be replacing the charming red brick sidewalks with poured concrete. Anyone know more about this?
[identity profile] mem-winterhill.livejournal.com
I have kayaked up to this buoy and wondered what it was doing. Mystic River Watershed folks will have an open meeting to share some info.

Have you ever noticed the buoy in the Mystic River near the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville? While deployed, this solar-powered buoy takes water quality measurements every 15 minutes and sends this information to the EPA website, allowing public access to near real-time conditions. On Tuesday, March 1st, hear from Tom Faber, Water Quality Environmental Engineer, US EPA, about the results of this program to date. This presentation is part of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s monthly Committee Meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. on March 1, 2016 at Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford.

[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
Have seen the windows in The Found (consignment shop next to Foundry) and they've all been papered over. Anyone have the scoop?
[identity profile] prunesnprisms.livejournal.com
Anyone know anything about the one on Highland across from Cherry? Used to be a real estate office then some kind of early education thing. But now it's a hole in the ground.
[identity profile] olszowka.livejournal.com
Today I received a citation because a tree in my yard is partially obscuring a street name sign. I've lived in Somerville for 25 years and never heard this was the responsibility of the home owner or heard of anyone receiving such a citation. I think the city is reaching into the depths of ordinances to find ways to raise money. If it's so important, why didn't any of the gazillions of emails I receive from the city mention it like they mention snow shoveling?

I've heard of other places which enforce such ordinances as a way to achieve public good--not to raise money. In such places, it is official policy that if you correct the problem and bring evidence to the hearing officer, the fine will be suspended.
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[personal profile] gingicat
Well, I guess people who live near the station will need earplugs tonight... my sympathies.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: MassDOT <massdot@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 11:45 AM
Subject: MassDOT Green Line Extension Overnight Work Tonight At School St.
Bridge in Somerville

Green Line Extension Friends -

The Green Line Extension Project (GLX) wanted to inform you of overnight
work scheduled for tonight.

Tonight at midnight through 7AM Thursday morning (June 4), the GLX
contractor, White Skanska Kiewit (WSK) will be performing work at School
Street Bridge in Somerville. This work is in conjunction with the School
Street Bridge work & lane closure which began in April 2015.

WSK is currently preparing the foundations of the utility bridge being
erected alongside School Street Bridge. In order to complete this, WSK will
transport a drill rig across the railroad tracks to clean out the
foundation shafts, then move the drill rig back across the tracks in the
early hours of Thursday morning.

This work is being coordinated around the train schedule, as the tracks
must be clear before the first commuter train comes through. Consequently,
work will need to be done in the early hours of Thursday morning. This work
will take place inside the current work zone and will not further impede

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding of time
constraints. This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line from
Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please
feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or
[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
Hey kids, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a local service that can take back some unruly, unmaintained grape vines? Thanks!


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